Marine Scotland

  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 0117A Programme

    2nd January 2017 by

    MRV Alba na Mara

    Duration: 4-20 January 2017 Gear: Large TV drop frame; TV sledge; 1 x 600m umbilical towing cable; 1 x armoured cable; Video cameras and associated equipment (plus backup); Four lasers and 60cm bracket for the drop frame; 1 x BT201 prawn trawl (plus minimal spares); Day grab and table; Prawn sorting table; and Go Pro...

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  • Festive antics on the MRV Scotia

    30th December 2016 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    Scientists from Marine Scotland Science left Aberdeen on-board the research vessel Scotia on a Saturday morning in December to continue our long-standing monitoring work in the northern North Sea and in the Faeroe-Shetland-Channel. The international group from the Marine Lab consisted of two oceanographers, two engineers, one biologist, one modeller, one technician, and one chemist...

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  • Marine Analytical Unit monthly update – December 2016

    28th December 2016 by

    This month’s update from the Marine Analytical Unit is now available with the most up to date information about the fish price index, nephrops prices and key facts and figures on Scottish fisheries. Please note that the results from the MAU Statistical Outputs 2016 survey have now been published and can found online. Following on...

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  • A Very Fortunate Find

    23rd December 2016 by

    Recently, as part of the East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustic Study (ECOMMAS), some colleagues were out on the research vessel Alba na Mara to retrieve acoustic detectors; devices deployed and retrieved which help to build a picture of dolphin and porpoise population distribution. During the trip they searched for one particular mooring, approximately 5 km...

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  • Fine-scale harbour seal usage mapping around Orkney

    21st December 2016 by

    Seal Usage

    Marine Scotland has published a report on research commissioned from the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) to produce fine scale usage maps for harbour seals. With a spatial resolution of 0.6km x 0.6km, these provide very fine scale detail about the areas that are important to harbour seals.  While there are existing usage maps for...

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  • Scotland’s Marine Economy – latest figures published

    15th December 2016 by

    Scotland's Marine Economy

    The latest estimates of the economic contributions of Scotland’s Marine Economy for 2014 have been published today by Marine Scotland’s Analytical Unit. This estimate includes employment and gross value added (GVA) figures for Scotland’s core marine sector, incorporating fishing, aquaculture, fish processing, marine transport and oil and gas services. In 2014, Scotland’s core marine sector...

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  • MRV Scotia Survey 1816S Programme

    14th December 2016 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    Duration: 10-20 December 2016 Gear: Sea-Bird CTD/Carousel, sledge with OPC and CTD, ADCP mooring equipment, water filtering equipment Objectives: Test the CTD and sledge/OPC in the Buchan Deep off Peterhead. Perform routine hydrographic sampling at stations along the long term monitoring JONSIS section in the northern North Sea. Perform routine hydrographic sampling at stations along...

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 2316A Programme

    12th December 2016 by

    MRV Alba na Mara

    Duration: 8-21 December 2016 Equipment: Sandeel dredge × 2 (modified 4′ scallop dredge with 6″ teeth and spare toothbars) with towing bar and camera attachment. TV camera. Minilogger (or equivalent – i.e. DST). Objectives: To determine the abundance, length and age of sandeels in the sediment from regions east of the Firth of Forth and...

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  • Marine engineers develop a new drop frame and camera system

    9th December 2016 by

    Marine Scotland Engineering staff have a history of building bespoke kit for scientists over a number of years. Most recently they have been working on the research vessel Alba na Mara to develop a new drop frame and stereo image system to increase our benthic monitoring capabilities. This system is used by both Marine Scotland scientists and...

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  • MRV Alba na Mara: Survey 2216A Programme

    8th December 2016 by

    MRV Alba na Mara

    Duration: 2-6 December 2016 Sampling Gear: BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end; 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end; Day grab and table; and Catamaran and manta neuston net. Objectives: To undertake flatfish sampling in St Andrews Bay, inner Firth of Forth, outer Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary in support of the...

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